SHIFT Project hits capacity, looks to expand with your help

Recycled bags that SHIFT project participants made out of old Byron Shire Echo newspapers. Photo Simon Haslam.

A local not-for-profit that helps women move from homelessness to independence within the community is looking to expand.

SHIFT Project organisers say they are at capacity and are unable to meet the increasing demands from women in need wanting to participate in their program.  

Over the last three and half years, SHIFT say they have seen more than 30 women graduate from the program and 98 per cent have remained living sustainably within the community, with casual or parttime work. 

‘These outcomes, which have seen women successfully transition from homelessness to complete independence from the welfare system, are outstanding,’ said a spokesperson for the organisation. 

Double donation dollars

Planning is underway to establish an external social enterprise called The SHIFT Project Hub and they currently have an offer to double all donations received by the Fortitude Foundation.

‘Establishing the Hub would allow the expansion of the program and open opportunities for other women in the community, particularly with potential employment pathways.

For more information, or to donate, visit the SHIFT project. Every dollar they raise by 30 June is currently matched dollar for dollar by the Fortitude Foundation.

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